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USDA Now Accepting EQIP Applications from Water Management Entities

Petra Popiel

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DENVER, CO, January 25, 2021 – The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado is currently accepting applications from Water Management Entities for enrollment into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  EQIP is a voluntary Farm Bill program which provides financial assistance for the installation of conservation systems. Water management entities in Colorado interested in applying for EQIP to improve water conservation should contact their local NRCS field office and submit their applications before 4:00pm, Friday, February 26, 2021.

The NRCS defines eligible water management entities as state irrigation districts, ground water management districts, acequias, land grant-merced or similar, that have jurisdiction or responsibilities related to water delivery or management to eligible lands. The organization must also have effective control of impacted land and be classified by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) as business type 3, 4, 9, 10, or 22.

The NRCS water management entity EQIP enrollment criteria includes:

  • The water management entity is a public or semi-public agency or organization (meaning a private or public company that serves a public purpose such as a public utility); and

  • The water management entity purpose is to assist private agricultural producers with managing water distribution systems.

NRCS may also approve an EQIP contract with a water management entity when such contract is pursuant to a watershed-wide project of the water management entity that effectively conserves water using the following criteria:

  • The project has a current, comprehensive water resource assessment; and

  • The project plan incorporates one or more of the following practices:

    • Water conservation scheduling and if applicable, distribution efficiency, soil moisture monitoring;

    • Irrigation-related structural or other measures that conserve surface or ground water, including aquifer recover practices; or

    • A transition to water-conserving crops, water-conserving crop rotations, or deficit irrigation.

Water Management Entity EQIP applications are accepted until 4:00pm, Friday, February 26, 2021 at all Colorado NRCS field offices located in USDA SERVICE CENTER across the state. Please visit for more information about NRCS, it’s PROGRAMS, benefits and opportunities.